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Royal Canadian Mint Unveils New Collector Coins To Celebrate 75th Anniversary Of Superman


The Royal Canadian Mint has released seven exciting new coins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world’s most celebrated Super Hero, Superman.

Co-created by Canadian Joe Shuster and his American collaborator Jerry Siegel, the Man of Steel is now honored on collector coins which were unveiled today at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square by Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Coins from the exciting new Superman series can now be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at www.mint.ca/superman.

The coins will also be available as of September 10, 2013, at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

After capturing the imagination of the world for more than seven decades, the story of Superman is being celebrated on seven exciting collector coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. From his early years to the modern day, every dimension of Superman on his 75th anniversary is reflected on these spectacular collectibles in gold, silver and cupro-nickel.

In a remarkable design feat, the Mint has added Kryptonian engraving which reads “75 years of Superman” to the edge of the reverse design of several of the coins.  As well, each coin is packaged in a distinctly illustrated beauty box featuring the most memorable sights and symbols of the Man of Steel.



To craft the world’s first gold coin depicting Superman, the Mint has chosen a $75 face value, 14KT gold coin featuring a full colour image of the DC Comics Super Hero soaring over Metropolis as his Canadian-born co-creator, Joe Shuster, pictured him on the cover of the Superman No. 1 comic book. That legendary image is framed by a meticulously engraved rendering of Superman’s crystalline Fortress of Solitude, whose three contrasting finishes add an impressive level of dimension to this exclusive collectible. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 2,000 examples, this coin retails for $ 750.00 CDN.




Another classic image is captured on a 99.99% pure, $10 face value silver coin featuring Superman breaking out of chains as he defeats another legion of villains. This vintage portrait of the Superman legend is beautifully engraved on a coin limited ton 15,000 examples world-wide, each retailing fornmintage of 15,000 coins for $44.75 CDN.



This tribute to today’s Superman features the most contemporary image of the famed DC Comics Super Hero.  Again, a full colour image of the Man of Steel leaps from the flawless background of a proof silver coin and evokes the thrilling action of Superman in full flight.  This 99.99% pure silver coin is packaged in a beauty box adorned by a classic image of his alter ego Clark Kent and the unmistakable “S-Shield”. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 15,000, this $15 face value coin retails for $69.75 CDN.



The iconic cover of Superman No. 204 shows a Jim Lee illustration of the Super Hero standing guard over Metropolis in vivid colour on a 99.99% pure silver coin.  Superman’s chiseled physique and flowing red cape are enhanced by the application of colour over an engraved relief of this modern-day image.  With a $20 face value and world-wide mintage of only 10,000 pieces, this coin is offered at $109.75 CDN.



No numismatic tribute to Superman would be complete without a coin boldly displaying Superman’s iconic “S-Shield”. The Mint has achieved this by rendering that universally recognized symbol in vibrant yellow and red enamel virtually floating over the mirror-like field of a proof-finish 99.99% pure silver coin.  The diamond-shaped shield with its stylized “S”, which Superman’s co-creators adopted in the 1940’s, remains the unmistakable signature of Superman, which can be found on only 10,000 of these $20 face value fine silver coins, each retailing for $119.75 CDN.



The celebration of modern-day Superman is anchored by yet another Royal Canadian Mint innovation; the world’s first coin to feature an achromatic hologram. The Mint has taken a technology first developed for passports and other high security documents to new heights to give a flat surface the amazing look of a fully engraved, 3-D image.  Set against a conventional hologram showing the Daily Planet building and the Metropolis skyline, the achromatic hologram of Superman flying over Metropolis creates the otherworldly impression that he is flying out of the coin.  That sensational effect is created on a 99.99% pure silver coin with a $20 face value, of which only 10,000 examples are available, each retailing for $129.75 CDN.




The iconic cover art of Superman No. 1 also appears on a 50-cent cupro-nickel coin whose theme of “Then and Now” is brought to life by the addition of lenticular image technology.  Packaged with a Canada Post stamp commemorative also featuring Superman No. 1, this coin shifts from Joe Shuster’s original design to a modern interpretation of the same pose by celebrated Superman artist and DC Entertainment’s Co-Publisher Jim Lee. This unique coin and stamp set coin is being produced on demand and retails for $29.75 CDN.


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Amazon Announces Amazon Coins


If you own a Kindle Fire, you’ll find a little unexpected something in your account right now — 500 Amazon Coins, worth $5. You can use the coins to buy apps and games, as well as items inside apps and games. And if you want to purchase additional coins for yourself or your family, you get to do so at a discount.

Purchased coins are immediately deposited into your account and they never expire. You can choose to spend them immediately or save them up for later.

Additional coins can be ordered HERE in 500, 1,000, 2,500, 5,000 and 10,000 increments.



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$100 Bill’s New Security-Enhanced Design To Be Put Into Circulation In October 2013

Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced that the redesigned version of the $100 bill will be finally be placed into circulation on October 8, 2013.

This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

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The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features.

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Canadian Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coins

In 2012 The Royal Canadian Mint released a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin. In daylight, the coin looks just like a normal dinosaur – a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai, to be specific, bones of which were discovered in Alberta in 1946 – but turn off the lights and a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeleton appears. The coin was designed so that the luminescence won’t fade over time.


The Pachywhatchahoozit coin is the first of a planned series of four, all approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The opposite face of the coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Only 25,000 were minted and while their face value is just 25 cents, collectors paid over $29.95 for this novelty collectible. The 2012 coin sold out immediately but is still available at coin shops, eBay, etc.

The 2013 coin was just released and can be ordered HERE. This coin features the Quetzalcoatlus, an ancient flying reptile belonging to the order Pterosauria (the most famous of which was the Pterodactyl). These coins are limited to a series of 30,000 and cost $30.


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When Are The Presidential Dollar Coins Being Released This Year?

Searching for savings in a tough economy, the White House decided that the U.S. Mint would scrap automatic production of millions of dollar coins bearing the image of deceased American presidents at a saving of $50 million a year.

The U.S. Treasury estimates there are almost $1.4 billion worth of dollar coins sitting in the vaults of the Federal Reserve, with 1.6 billion more coins scheduled to be minted over the next five years.

Forty percent of the coins end up being returned to the Federal Reserve because nobody wants them.

The surplus was created by a 2005 Act of Congress which instructed the Mint to produce 70-80 million coins per deceased president, of which there are currently 38.

Moving forward, the U.S. Treasury is going to make as many coins as collectors demand and they’re going to charge a premium for the coins so it is cost effective.

Presidential Dollars will still be available from banks at face value to meet the demand from circulation, however, only the older releases will be available.

The United States Mint has not yet announced the date for the start of sales of the Chester Arthur Presidential Dollars. Michael White of the United States Mint Office of Public Affairs stated, “We anticipate the first 2012 $1 Coin products to be available within the next several weeks.”

As of today, the release dates of the Chester Arthur rolls and the 2012 presidential coin sets are all listed as “to be determined” under the Mint’s list of release dates. Until that changes, you’ll have to periodically check the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov for updated release news.


Did You Know That It Costs 2.4 Cents To Make One Penny?

President Obama is proposing to make pennies and nickels cheaper to produce.

If passed, his plan would allow the Treasury Department to “change the composition of coins to more cost-effective materials.”

Why? Because it currently costs the federal government 2.4 cents to make a penny and 11.2 cents for every nickel. The special formula for making U.S. coins has stayed the same for the last 30 years. Changing that recipe could save more than $100 million a year.

Read more HERE.

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New Zealand to Mint Star Wars Coins for Legal Tender

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda and a cast of other heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away, will appear on coins issued by the South Pacific island state of Niue.

A set of 40 coins are being produced by the New Zealand Mint. As legal tender, the coins will have a face value of NZ$2 but the silver content in each is worth considerably more than that.

The coins are primarily aimed at collectors and investors around the world. Sets of four coins, each containing 1oz of silver, will sell for NZ$469 ($360US).

Click HERE for more information.

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Here Is The New Redesigned $100 Bill

The U.S. Treasury has unveiled a new $100 dollar bill that officials say is key to staying ahead of counterfeiters.

Speaking at the new C-note’s debut, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it’s a challenge to guard against counterfeiting as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas.

Staying ahead of bogus bills is a job that has become “more complex in recent years as technology advances and U.S. dollar flows expand and increase,” Bernanke said. He said as many as two-thirds of all $100 bills circulate outside the United States.

The Treasury has incorporated two advanced and easy-to-use security features which offer a simple and subtle way to verify that a note is real:

3-D Security Ribbon: A blue ribbon on the front of the $100 note with images of bells and 100s. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

Bell in the Inkwell: A color-shifting bell, inside a copper inkwell, on the front of the note. The inkwell and bell are both copper until you move the $100 note. Tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

Three highly effective security features from the old design were retained in the new $100 note:

Portrait Watermark: Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin around the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from either side of the note.

Security Thread: Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread that runs vertically to the left of the portrait. The letters USA and the numeral 100 appear in an alternating pattern and are visible along the thread from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

– Color-Shifting 100: Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.

The new bills goes into circulation on Feb. 10, 2011.


U.S. Treasury to Unveil New $100 Bill Today

The new design for the $100 note will make its debut on Wednesday, April 21st during a ceremony at the Department of the Treasury’s Cash Room.

The U.S. government redesigns currency in order to stay ahead of counterfeiters and protect the public. Decisions about the redesign of each denomination are guided by the government’s close evaluation of the range of ongoing counterfeit threats, whether from digital technology or traditional printing presses.

The unveiling of the $100 note is the first step in a global multi-government agency public education program implemented by the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Secret Service, to educate those who use the $100 note about its changes before it begins circulating. The $100 note is the highest value denomination of U.S. currency in general circulation, and it circulates broadly around the world. Public education is an important component of the government’s redesigned currency program because a well informed public is our first and best line of defense against counterfeiting.

You will be able to see the new bill at www.newmoney.gov beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT on April 21.


2010 Penny Redesign

The current Lincoln cent’s reverse (tails side) design is emblematic of President Abraham Lincoln’s preservation of the United States as a single and united country.

The reverse features a union shield with a scroll draped across it bearing the inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM (“out of many, one”).  The 13 vertical stripes of the shield represent the states joined in one compact union to support the federal government, represented by the horizontal bar above.  The union shield, which dates back to the 1780s, was used widely during the Civil War.  In addition, the shield device is featured on frescoes throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building by Constantino Brumidi, artist of the Capitol during Lincoln’s presidency.

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